89

conclusion:We like it

89

Windows 7 is what Vista should have been. It's not perfect, but it's stable, reliable, and incorporates all of Vista's key UI enhancements (most of which can be disabled if you've got an older PC that can't handle them — of if you hate eye candy). If you've been waiting for a reason to ditch XP, your time has come.

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Critic reviews

8.4
6 reviews
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Speed
    8.0
  • Configurability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    9.0
  • Openness
    5.5

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User reviews

8.3
688 reviews
8.0
Engadget Aug 12, 2009

Where Vista felt like a sprawling mess, Windows 7 has patched up the holes and feels like a tight, unified mechanism. It's hardly full of surprises, but that's usually a good thing when it comes to operating systems.

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9.0
CNET Jul 31, 2009

The bottom line: Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. How much damage Vista did and whether Windows 7 is enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now.

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8.0
PC World Sep 28, 2009

Microsoft took far too long to come up with a satisfactory replacement for Windows XP. But whether you choose to install Windows 7 on your current systems or get it on the next new PC you buy, you'll find that it's the unassuming, thoroughly practical upgrade you've been waiting for--flaws and all.

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8.0
Gizmodo Aug 5, 2009

Windows XP was a great OS in its day. Windows Vista, once it found its feet several months in, was a good OS. With Windows 7, the OS is great again. It's what people said they wanted out of Windows: Solid, more nimble and the easiest, prettiest Windows yet. There's always a chance this won't be a...

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 23, 2009

So, firstly then - is it any good? Unequivocably yes. Windows 7 is the best OS Microsoft have ever made, and they've learnt all they necessary lessons from Vista. While it doesn't have some of the slickness of OS X, or the speed of Linux, it offers a fantastic compromise between the two...

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8.0
MobilityMinded Sep 7, 2009

"You hear some people describe Windows 7 as: “The stability of Windows XP combined with the Interface of Windows Vista”, but honestly Microsoft has takes Windows 7 even some steps further. A lot of attention is spend on productivity- and efficiency improvements. Therefore I’m really curious to...

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9.0
bulentkeles bulentkeles

Windows 7 is by far the best win operating system I've experienced so far. Far better than vista (the previous version). Great OS if you're not a Mac person.

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8.0
Mastermike64 Mastermike64

Hey its windows, everyone knows it. Its the best of the 3, but just because the other 2 are unacceptable. Linux is too complex too use and has no real game support, OSX comes with a religion and an overpriced computer. So there you have it windows 7 !

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8.0
ImaginativeTrut ImaginativeTrut

A proper XP replacement. I left for Macs as MS was frankly unacceptable but they are back with Win 7. Lots more could be hidden 'under the hood' but overall its good. I'll stick with Mac OS though - but have got Win 7 on as virtual machine.

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10
sreid95 sreid95

Windows 7 is one of the greatest Windows versions made. It is easy to use, the speed is very fast and you can configure it to your liking. Windows 7 lacks an app store like the one on Windows 8 or on Mac OSX but you can easily search for a program with a browser. If you are upgrading from Vista,...

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7.0
kissmyasthma199 kissmyasthma199

Microsoft Windows 7 is probably the second most powerful OS out there. It comes second to only Mac OS X Lion. And I'll tell you why... Microsoft Windows 7 works as efficiently as the computer it's running on. If you have a fast computer( dual core 2.8 GHz or better) then the experience is...

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